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Will Insurance Cover Flooded Basements in Greenville PA?

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

flooded basement with debris in about 2 inches of water Don’t be the one that says it has never happened to me yet, I don’t need to think about it…

Northwest Pennsylvania has been hit with many thunderstorms in 2019. With all the rain in the area, SERVPRO has performed a variety of storm damage restoration services for homes and commercials properties in Mercer County. In fact, our number one call is for sewer and drain backup and flooded basements.

One of the first questions we will ask when we are called to service a flooded basement is, “Do you have sewer and drain back up coverage?” Sad to say, many homeowners do not know whether they have adequate coverage or not. For this reason, we recommend that all property owners ask their insurance agent whether they have sewer and drain backup coverage.

BENEFITS > COST

The cost of this coverage is minimal compared to the cost of mitigation services. In fact, sewer and drain coverage can be as low as $100 a year, less than $10 a month. The average cost of mitigation on a sewer and drain backup is around $3,500 (depending on whether you have a finished basement or not).

Many carriers have differing amounts of coverage starting at $5,000 and going up from there. Talk with your agent about what is the best level of coverage for your home or business. Think about it... you have water in your basement and you don't have the coverage that will return your property to preloss condition. It is possible you will have to pay upwards of $3,500.

PREPARATION = PEACE

Think about the peace of mind that comes with having comprehensive coverage. SERVPRO has restored the homes of customers that have had coverage and customers that have not had coverage. Which customer do you think is the calmest and most thankful? You got it - the one with sewer and drain backup coverage.

So, ask your agent today about whether your plan includes sewer and drain backup! With the number of thunderstorms that occur in our area, you never know when you’ll need it.

Don’t be the one that says it will never happened to me, I don’t need to think about it… Because we have heard that statement time and time again, and it has cost customers a substantial amount of money in the long run. 

Preparing for the unexpected increases your chances of being ready for whatever happens!

Check your policy for your property's level of emergency preparedness and if you should ever need our help, know we are here for you 24/7, 365 at 724-704-8939.

Water Damage Recovery: Restoring vs Replacing

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

graphic with orange and green background labeled, restore versus replace with fire background If your home or business needs restoration services from water damage call SERVPRO of Mercer County today at 724-704-8939 – we’re here to help!

When your home or business incurs water damage our main priority is restoring your property, belongings and piece of mind. We know that dealing with unexpected disaster can be confusing and that’s why we’re here to help!

What’s the difference?

The difference between restoring and replacing is simple.

When your hire a restoration company that values restoring your belongings, you're sure that our priority is to return any damaged areas or items to a preloss condition. This can save you time, money, and stress.

Instead of having to replace with all new items and potentially lose those sentimental pieces, you have the resources of a locally owned, nationally connected team of equipment and technicians that will work tirelessly to restore your belongings from the water damage.

If your home or business needs restoration services from water damage call SERVPRO of Mercer County today at 724-704-8939 – we’re here to help!

Commercial Mold Testing Company in Grove City, PA

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

text "got mold?" and mold picture in the background If you suspect a mold problem in your Hermitage area business, call SERVPRO of Mercer County for a free mold inspection.

If you suspect a mold problem in your Hermitage area business, call SERVPRO of Mercer County for a free mold inspection. Our trained professionals have the resources and qualifications to test the air quality and surfaces for mold.

Mold growth can occur in any property, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

There are a few conditions that promote the growth of mold.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of moisture before growth begins.
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

If you suspect mold in your commercial property, call SERVPRO of Mercer County to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and experience to effectively mitigate mold in your property. Our mold remediation specialists are on call 24/7 to respond immediately and get you back in business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 724-704-8939.

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What are the Different Water Categories?

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

water background with three categories of water represented by sink, washing machine, and toilet If water threatens your Mercer County property, call us today - we are here to help!

As a local restoration company, we get questions about the specifics of our process everyday. Specifically, when it comes to water. Property owners are curious about the different kinds of water and what they mean? 

Below, you will find the information we use everyday to make your Mercer County water disasters, "Like it never even happened." 

What does “category” mean?

The category of the water loss refers to the level of contamination in the water, considering its originating source.

What does “class” mean?

Class of water refers to the amount of water and the likely or anticipated rate of evaporation based upon the number and type of wet materials in the affected space.

Category 1:

A Category 1 water loss is when the water originates from a sanitary water source and does not pose a substantial risk if ingested or inhaled.

Class 1 water losses may only affect part of a room or area, or they may include larger areas with materials that have absorbed minimal moisture.

Some examples of a Category 1 water loss:

  • Broken water supply lines
  • Sink or tub overflows with no contaminants
  • Melting ice or snow and falling rainwater
  • Broken toilet tanks and toilet bowls that do not contain contaminants or additives

Category 2:

A Category 2 water loss is when water contains contamination and has the potential to cause sickness if contacted or consumed by humans. Category 2 water can contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms, as well as, organic and inorganic matter.

A Class 2 water loss affects at least an entire room of carpet and cushion. Water has gone up the walls less than 24 inches. There is moisture remaining in structural materials like plywood, particle board, structural wood, VCT, and concrete.

Examples of Category 2 water loss:

  • Overflows from washing machines
  • Discharge from dishwashers or washing machines
  • Overflows from toilet bowls
  • Broken aquariums and punctured water beds

Category 3:

A Category 3 water loss contains pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents such as silt, pesticides, organic matter, heavy metals, regulated materials or toxic organic substances.

A Class 3 Water may have come from overhead. In a class 3 the ceilings, walls, carpet, insulation, and sub floor are saturated in the entire area.

Examples of a Category 3 water loss:

  • Sewage
  • Toilet backflows that originate from beyond the toilet trap
  • All forms of flooding from seawater
  • Ground surface water and rising water from rivers or streams and other contaminated water entering or affecting the indoor environment, such as tropical storms, wind-driven hurricanes, or other weather-related events

Class 4:

Class 4 water losses include wet materials with very low permanence porosity such as hardwood, plaster, brick, concrete, lightweight concrete, and stone. In these cases, there are deep pockets of saturation, which require very low specific humidity.

If water threatens your Mercer County property, call us today at 724-704-8939, we are here to help! 

Drying Equipment Rental in Farrell, PA

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

side of SERVPRO semi trailer with fire and water background If you would like to rent structural drying equipment or are interested in a free inspection & water damage assessment, call us today at 724-704-8939

Storms and heavy rains in the Mercer, Pennsylvania area can cause devastating flood damage to your home or commercial property. When disaster strikes and emergency cleanup services are needed, SERVPRO is here to help!

SERVPRO of Mercer County has the resources to clean up and repair flooded basements and water damage. If left untreated, water damage can cause secondary damage to your home or business such as mold growth.  

SERVPRO can provide industrial-grade dehumidifiers and high-speed, low-profile air movers to dry the affected materials and help prevent further damage from occurring.

SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster!

No job to is too big or too small for our team. SERVPRO of Mercer County is a full-service cleanup and restoration company, and our team of highly trained water restoration specialists are on call 24/7 to quickly respond to your home or business.

If you would like to rent structural drying equipment or are interested in a free inspection and water damage assessment, call us today at 724-704-8939.

Click here to learn more about the water damage restoration process.

Commercial Services in Mercer PA

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

industrial building with SERVPRO box truck parked in front of the building SERVPRO of Mercer County is here to help your commercial property – in any way!

SERVPRO of Mercer County is here to help – in any way! We offer more than disaster recovery for your commercial property; we offer cleaning and care taking services as well.

Time is just one thing that cannot be given back. We know as a Mercer County business owner, that optimizing time, resources and business needs can be a daily battle. For this reason, we are here to help!

We offer a variety of commercial cleaning and restoration services that will keep your building in premier condition and give you more time to focus on the details.

What commercial services do we offer?

  Cleaning:

Disaster Recovery & Restoration:

A full list of our Building and Reconstruction services can be found here.

As a full-service restoration company, no job is too big or too small. If you need ANY of our commercial services or have any questions call us today 724-704-8939 – we’re here to help!

Content Services in Mercer PA

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

two servpro employees with gloves handling a box in a residence SERVPRO of Mercer County values the opportunity to restore and care for some of the most unique property in the valley.

By serving the residents in the Mercer area every day, SERVPRO of Mercer County values the opportunity to restore and care for some of the most unique property in the valley. We complete countless numbers of commercial and residential jobs every year and each one is individually unique.

Your home and/or place of business will always receive our utmost attention and care in your time of need. But what about the personal belongings that are affected by water, fire, smoke or soot?

Shipping containers, storage units, garages can provide extra space to store contents, but they also create a damp, dark space for mold spores to thrive. If kept in these environments for extended periods of time, items can become damaged by weather, moisture, and mold.

We are able to lead a coordinated effort with the insurance carrier and the customer to begin the process of making them whole again. As part of our array of restoration services, we don't just pay attention to the structure; we'll also help take care of the contents of your home or business. It’s the jobs that require content storage that allows SERVPRO of Mercer County to show what we can do.  

Your home contains many of your most valuable possessions and houses those you love the most. Your business is your livelihood. The team at SERVPRO of Mercer County understands just how trying, disruptive and traumatic major losses - such as a fire - can be. 

Some of our contents services include:

Inventory – One of the first priorities in fire restoration is to complete an accurate inventory to help ensure you can properly account for all your belongings. Your SERVPRO of Mercer County technician can provide a detailed room-by-room inventory of contents, including digital photographs and bar codes for each item, suitable for filing insurance claims forms and relieving you of this often stressful and time-consuming process.

Move Outs – When the structure has suffered extensive damage, the cleanup and restoration process may need to be facilitated by relocating the contents for cleaning, deodorization and storage while structural repairs are being completed. A supervised moving crew can carefully pack and move the entire contents of your home or office.

Contents Cleaning – All restorable contents in the affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies and upholstery.

SERVPRO of Mercer County technicians begin by carefully inspecting and testing all fabrics in the structure to determine which cleaning methods are most appropriate; we provide wet or dry cleaning methods.

Additionally, all other contents that can be restored, will be cleaned and deodorized to as close to preloss condition as possible; this includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding and much more.

If you are in need of any of these services or if you have questions, we are here to help! Call SERVPRO of Mercer County today at 724-704-8939

Impact of Rain Damage on Your Sharon PA Home

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

rain drop background with text overlay stating "Water damage in your property" The first step to water damage recovery is having a solid preparation plan in place.

Can your Pennsylvania home stand the rain? As water mitigation specialists, we know that heavy rainfall can be a tricky culprit when it comes to keeping your property ready for whatever happens. But are you aware of exactly HOW you can deter heavy rainfall from damaging your Mercer County home?

Property Tips for Heavy Rain

  1. Inspect your Roof - any cracks or breaks in your roof can leave your home vulnerable to water damage to the floors, ceilings, and walls. Additionally, if a moisture problem goes unaddressed mold is likely to grow. TIP: have your roof inspected regularly, fixing issues as they arise can help prevent a large cost down the line. 
  2. Clean the gutters - any built up debris or leaves in your gutters may leave an opening for water damage concerns to your home. When your gutters are backed up the water that is normally stored inside of them, has nowhere to go. TIP: clean your gutters at least twice a year
  3. Check with your insurance - a comprehensive insurance policy that includes flooding insurance will come in handy in the event that your property is damaged as a result of a water issue

The first step to water damage recovery is having a solid preparation plan in place. Follow these useful tips to help get your home ready for whatever rainfall that may happen this season and if you incur any water damage on your property give us a call anytime at 724-704-8939.

We are always here to help!

Fire Safety: The Importance of Fire Drills in Mercer Schools

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

red fire alarm Fire drills provide the opportunity to reduce panic and increase confidence when preparing for the unexpected.

Safety is the number one priority in school districts. Teaching preparedness and safety procedures is not only necessary in schools but it is also a legal requirement. 

Fire drills are necessary for schools’ staff to review plans with their students at the beginning of the school year.

Young students should be told when there is a drill and  taught to familiarize themselves with the sounds of the alarms and the procedures necessary to evacuate the building smoothly and safely.  

During fire drills, students have the opportunity to become aware of the building layout. When educating young learners, it is the responsibility of the staff and administration to educate and prepare for when a disaster may strike. 

Fire drills provide the opportunity to reduce panic and increase confidence when preparing for the unexpected. 

Consistency and communication are key when conducting fire drills. Communicating with your local fire department is beneficial during an emergency and also builds strong community relations.

There is a need to practice! There is a need to prepare! If you should ever need our help, we will be there! If your Mercer County school is in need of disaster preparedness plan call us today - we are here to help! 

WHY SERVPRO When it Comes to Bio Hazard Cleanup?

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

 hand placing a needle into a red bio safety disposal container Our biohazard cleanup specialists at SERVPRO of Mercer County are trained to be compassionate and sensitive during your time of need.

Fire and water damage can be very overwhelming to a property owner. However, property damage due to a suicide or an unattended death poses much risk to the policyholder and adjuster. Our technicians at SERVPRO of Mercer County are ready to respond during your time of need. We are highly trained in bioremediation and truly understand the science behind the decontamination process.

In every biohazard crime scene, there are always health risks. Our bioremediation specialists must follow mandated employee safety regulations and decontamination procedures to ensure safety for all. Our biohazard technicians at SERVPRO follow safety regulations that are in accordance with federal, state, and/or local regulations and are in compliance with OSHA, EPA and the State Environmental Agency.

OSHA training programs prepare our technicians for

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Hazard Communication
  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Heat Illness
  • Fall Protection
  • Lift Safety
  • Lock Out – Tag Out
  • and Power Tool Safety.

Having these programs in place protect our employees from injury and ensure their safety.

The disposal of medical waste must be in accordance with federal, state and/or local regulations as well. Our SERVPRO of Mercer County technicians are trained to dispose contaminated content properly and are also trained in the proper use of cleaning agents. It is important to report, test, and communicate to the adjuster and policyholder why some content is being removed, disposed, and or cleaned with proper equipment.

SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7 for your bio-remediation and decontamination process.

Call SERVPRO of Mercer County at 724-704-8939.